Turns out Jade Tree Records has a Bandcamp page now, so I downloaded all of the classic Emo records I could find on there that I wanted. Not bad for $5 a pop, now I just need physical copies, ideally on every format they do.
I think most fans would point to You Are There (2006) and Hymn to the Immortal Wind (2009) as the band's best works. Personally I can't look beyond Hymn. It's one of the most emotionally cathartic albums I've ever heard and essentially flawless.
Thanks for suggesting, I'm planning to listen to Hymn for the immortal wind tomorrow as part of my (failed) album a day thing. It's kind of cool because I've listened to a lot of unusual bands that I wouldn't have before, like Midori. (Yukiko-san is the best track from Aratamemashite Hajimemashite Midori Desu but Sony seem to have pulled any youtube uploads).
I've also been listening to a bit of Godspeed in preparation for their return to the UK in April. I never particularly liked them much at first but taking the time to listen to their albums again, almost a year after I bought them, I definitely feel more inclined to like them. Not to the extent that some do (though I'd imagine that'll changed with further listens) but the group seem capable of creating this wonderful yet haunting sound that never really feels boring despite the sluggish pace with which much of their work unwinds.
Listened to D'Angelo's Black Messiah album. Phenomenal. Album of the year for me by a long way. Nothing else comes close.
Do yourself a favour though and don't stream it on Spotify like I regrettably did. There is little else worse than having this masterpiece interrupted by adverts for Downton Abbey the friggin Christmas album. But then I suppose that's because I'm cheap and not a premium subscriber. Totally ruined my first listening. Urrgh so horrible.
Been listening to a lot of Slipknot and Korn as I saw them live back on the 20th. AMAZING GIG!!!!
I also enjoy listening to Sia a lot atm. I love her video for Elastic Heart and those critics can do one about it's content.
I also secretly love Taylor Swift atm. Her new single Blank Space is well good and catchy and I enjoy the stuff from Beyonces latest album. Flawless being my currently favourite with the lines "I woke up like this" and "bow down b*tches"
I wasn't as sold on the new Slipknot stuff as everyone else seemed to be, but I've never been as big a fan of them as I have been of Korn (I loved their last album)
Taylor Swift is always a good thing. Always.
I've been slowly adding to my anime/j-pop songs collection on iTunes - I just wish they had more on streaming services as it'll end up costing me a fortune otherwise. I'm a bit obsessed with Eir Aoi, her stuff is amazing. I've got quite a few of my favourite Miku songs from the Project Diva games too now.
I'm enjoying the new Kyary Pamyu Pamyu single a lot - it feels like a step back in the right direction after the relative disappointment of her last album. Even though the bonkers-ness is sort of the whole point of Kyary, I like it when she's actually able to do 'proper' songs too, and this feels like it moves closer back toward that >